ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. ESTA is not a visa. It is merely an authorization prior to travel. ESTA is an online application system developed by the United States government to pre-screen travelers before they are allow to board an airplane for the United States. As from January 12, 2009, any person visiting the United States either by air or sea under the visa waiver program is required to hold an approved ESTA Travel Authorization.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days. Not all countries participate in the VWP, and not all travelers are eligible from VWP countries to use the program.
United Kingdom, Spain, Republic of Malta, Norway, San Marino, Monaco, Slovakia, Greece, Singapore, Ireland, Taiwan ,Switzerland, Sweden, South Korea, Slovenia, Republic, Portugal, New Zealand, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Japan, Italy, Iceland , Hungary, Germany, France, Estonia, Denmark, Czech, Chile, Brunei, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Andorra.
January 12, 2009 citizens from Visa Waiver countries must apply for ESTA eligible for admittance into the United States.
ESTA is valid for two years and can easily be updated for future visits.
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